2013 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 4 Final Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the final day of testing at Jerez:


The IRTA test in Jerez de la Frontera ended with an excellent fourth time for Team Came Iodaracing rider Johann Zarco. The French made his best lap time on his Suter in the last session of the fourth day of IRTA Test, stopping the clock at 1'43 "993.

The summary of the trip to Andalalucia is very positive, despite the crash in the end of the first day and the forced stop in the pits due to rain on the second day. Yesterday few moments of confusion has affected the performance of the pilot.

The best in the test is the "best in class" Pol Espargaro (Kalex) that today set the fastest lap time of 1'43 "355. In the second place there is Nico Terol (Suter) and Esteve Rabat is third (Kalex). Came IodaRacing Team rider Johann Zarco, is in fourth place of 0.638 s.

Johann Zarco - 4th - 1'43 "993" This day was much better than the previous. I had a good lap time even though it was not what I set for myself. I wanted to do better. The changes that have been made to the bike in compare to yesterday has been very positive and this has allowed me to work only on driving. It's been very difficult days, we worked hard and we still have other settings to improve our performance in Qatar. It was probably better to have problems these days in this test than in the first race. "

Fastest lap for Salom ends preseason

Red Bull KTM Ajo riders conclude Jerez test. Luis Salom clocks fastest time of the week in preparation for Qatar GP.

21/03/13 - Circuito de Jerez

Red Bull KTM Ajo concluded the 2013 preseason this morning at the Circuito de Jerez. After participating in thirteen days of testing across Spain, with visits to Almeria, Valencia and Jerez, Luis Salom, Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis are ready for the first race of the year, to be held on 7th April in Qatar. Today at Jerez, Luis Salom took the fastest time of the week: 1’46.374.

The Moto3 riders had only two hours of testing today. The asphalt temperature first thing in the morning had risen to 19°C, allowing the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders the chance to go out on track early. The first of them was Zulfahmi Khairuddin at 10:20am, although they were unable to improve upon his times from yesterday.

The exclusive Moto3 session saw Luis Salom on top form, clocking the fastest lap of the four-day test: 1’46.374. His teammates also improved their best times in the morning’s final run. Zulfahmi Khairuddin stopped the clock at 1’48.191, Arthur Sissis in 1’48.607.

The next time that the three Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will face the rest of the grid will be at the first race of the year in Qatar, at the Losail circuit, from April 4th-7th.

Results (Combined day 1-2-3-4)

1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.374

2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:46.603 +0.229

3. Álex Rins (KTM) 1:46.610 +0.236

4. Álex Márquez (KTM) 1:46.986 +0.612

5. Jonas Folger (Kalex-KTM) 1:47.010 +0.636

11. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:47.861 +1.487

17. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:48.191 +1.817


"I think we have done a good job and we can be happy with our efforts this winter, as now we are beginning to see the results. I am very grateful to the team for their work over these days. We also got the fastest time today, which we had been hoping for. I leave here happy and grateful to the team for their confidence in me, and the opportunity that they have given me. Now I am focusing on preparing myself and I know that we can do a good job in Qatar."


"We picked up from where we left off yesterday, and in the morning I focused on riding with used tyres. We tried various different suspension settings, but I didn’t have much confidence so we went back to the old setting. I tried to get a good time and it was ok, although I didn’t improve on yesterday’s. The bike is going well and we are ready for Qatar."


"Today we had less testing time, but it was enough to improve in many aspects. I'm really happy with the bike, we have taken another step forward from yesterday. In addition, we improved our best lap time by two-tenths, although that is still not yet enough to be at the top of the timesheets. We have some things to do still, but for now we are really close to the fastest and I think that in Qatar we can fight in the leading group. The team and KTM are working hard so that we have a good bike. When we started this preseason we had a quite different bike from last year to learn. I’ve still not adapted 100%, but the good feeling is coming. We are working hard on that and I think that we are on the right track."


"This has been a rather hard week of testing, because four days in a row is a lot for both the team and the riders. We were all a little tired on the final day, but I am very happy –especially with the final two days with better weather conditions. The riders improved a lot then. We have found a lot of solutions for the bike in terms of basic setup. I am very grateful to KTM for having brought a lot of new parts once more, and for working so hard on the new bike. When a bike changes so much from one year to the next, there is a lot of work to do. I think that the base is really good right now and we are very happy working with KTM.

It's been a tough preseason and in a way you are glad that testing is over, but you always think you have not done everything and could do more, which is good. I think the base that we have is really good and all our riders are happy in general. We are really happy with the new KTM. We are definitely prepared for Qatar."

Rins and Marquez complete

preseason homework

Repsol riders round off preseason with second and third fastest times, respectively, of final day in Jerez.

Two weeks away from the start of the 2013 season, Alex Rins and Alex Marquez today completed their preseason at the end of a four-day test at Jerez. The Repsol riders ended the day in second and third place, respectively, on the timesheets.

With just two one-hour sessions ahead of them and fine weather –including high temperatures from as early as 10am– Rins and Marquez went out on track almost as soon as it was opened. Continually fine-tuning their KTM machines, both bettered their fastest times of the four days. Rins stopped the clock in 1’46.610 and Marquez took a 1’46.986. The latter suffered a light crash at Turn 11 in the morning, but continued with his workload.

Having completed testing, Rins and Marquez round off the test with third and fourth place, respectively, on the combined timesheet from the four days. The ranking was headed by Luis Salom and Maverick Vinales. The real action resumes in two weeks’ time in Qatar, with the first free practice sessions of the 2013 season.

Alex Rins

1:46.610, 32 laps, 142 km.

"I leave Jerez very happy. We were able to improve our times and gained a lot of pace, whether with new tyres or with used ones. Salom pushed hard on the final lap and got the fastest time, but we are pleased with our work ahead of the opening race. We perhaps lacked a race simulation to see how the bike responds without grip, but in general I feel that we are ready and I am motivated for the Qatar GP to come around."

Alex Marquez

1:46.986, 22 laps, 97 km.

“When we started the preseason, we had a bike that was new to us. Little-by-little we have adapted to it and made steps forward. In the previous test we didn’t go well, but we came to this test motivated to do a good job and we advanced every day. This finally day was good for us, I have a good feeling with the bike and I think that we are ready for Qatar. This season we need to work at our maximum and try to get to the front whenever possible. I don’t have any pressure, but I’d like to get a podium this year. Why not?”.


Jerez de La Frontera (Spain)



Today at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain finished the last winter test for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes. In two weeks will begin in Doha, Qatar, the new season of MotoGP 2013. The riders of La Fonte Tascaracing team, the Japanese Hyuga Watanabe and Italian Alessandro Tonucci, worked hard, together with the team, in order to understand the new FTR bike.

Giorgio Bertelli (Team Coordinator): "In these four days we worked hard to understand the new FTR bike. We have not solved all the problems, we need more tests in order to be competitive at a high level. The young Watanabe need many km to adjust to the rhythm of the world championship. While Tonucci definitely be able to make great time, but he sacrificed himself to give us a chance to try many different set-ups. I think that we will be competitive in Qatar".

Alessandro Tonucci: "Since we started, we not found a big improvement, we wanted try different solutions to better understand how to manage things. We still have a lot of work to do but I am confident, with the team the feeling is good."

Hyuga Watanabe: "I wanted in this test to improve my corner exit. I worked hard on this and I used the test to learn as much as possible from the other riders. It 's very important for me to improve as quickly as possible"

Hyuga Watanabe

23/08/1994; Shizuoka (Japan)

2011 Wild Card Japan GP

2012 3° places CEV Moto3 in Albacete, Wild Card Japan GP

Alessandro Tonucci

23/04/1993; Fano (Italy)

2012 18° Campionato del Mondo Velocità Classe Moto3

2011 25° Campionato del Mondo Velocità Classe 125, 7° Rookie;

2010 2° Europeo 125GP; 3° CIV 125GP


Jonas Folger and Eric Granado have made the most of four days at the Spanish circuit to make their final preparations for the new season

The Jerez circuit rumbled into life at around 10am this morning as the Moto3 teams and riders aimed to make the most of every last minute of their final testing session of the 2013 preseason. With just two hours available to the minor category, one of which was exclusively for them, the teams worked against the clock to finalise set-up details and test any final ideas before packing up the crates for Qatar. With Viñales missing due to a finger injury sustained yesterday the timesheets were dominated by Salom, Rins and Márquez followed by Oliveira and Jonas Folger.

It was another positive outing for MAPFRE Aspar rider Folger and his new team-mate Eric Granado, who both worked on improving the overall set-up of their machines in readiness for the first race in just over two weeks time. Jonas found more front-end stability whilst Granado dedicated his time mainly to tyre testing as he turns his attention from fast lap times to race endurance.

5th Jonas Folger 1.47.702 (28 laps): "We tried something new on the front of the bike this morning and I liked it. The bike felt more stable and I am more comfortable in control. We were already happy with what we had before but it's good that we have been able to improve it further. Now we have a variety of set-up options and a lot of information to fall back on depending on what circuit we are at. It has been a short day but as well as working on the chassis we have also been able to try some things with the gearbox settings. There wasn't much time for anything else but I am happy with the way the test has gone and so are the team, who have done a great job. We have tried a lot of different things here, we have a pretty much perfect base setting now and we have been fast and consistent, which is hugely important with the first race just around the corner."

14th Eric Granado 1.48.739 (29 laps): "We only had two hours available today so I tried to get out there as early as possible but we had to stop after five laps because of a problem with the gearbox. In the exclusive Moto3 session we used the same set-up as yesterday but the feeling wasn't quite the same and I was struggling in the fast corners. Anyway, we are happy with the test overall. Yesterday was a good day and we learnt a lot. I leave Jerez feeling happy to have been in the top ten yesterday and the top fifteen today. We have to keep going like this and try to become more and more consistent."

Pre season ends on a positive note for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team

The pre season testing needs with the last official IRTA test at the Circuito de Jerez de la Frontera for the Moto2 NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team riders Simone Corsi, Alex De Angelis, Mattia Pasini and Ricky Cardús, who have completed this test with their SpeedUp bikes and the official engines.

The riders leave the Spanish track with positive feelings before the first race of the season in Qatar having made considerable progress in their bike setup before the beginning of the season. The rain did make an appearance on the second bay of testing, keeping all of the team riders in the pits. They were able to complete the last two days of testing with ideal weathers conditions that allowed Simone Corsi to finish the in 5th position.

Simone Corsi 3 - (1´43.934)

“It has been a very positive test even if I was hoping to get in faster lap times. I had trouble finding the right setup for the bike but today I was able to go faster with the new chassis that we tested with. I finished the morning session with the fourth fastest lap time and eighth on the second session of the day. We have decreased the gap with the fast riders and this makes us hopeful for the first race in Qatar. It will be a tight race because all the riders are very fast. The feeling with the team so far has been really good.”

Alex De Angelis 15 - (1´44.448)

“If we take into consideration the results of the last test here in Jerez, we have reduced the gap with the fast riders and are now closer to the Top10. We are still far from where we want to be and have a lot of work ahead of us. We have tested different setups and so far they have indicated we are working in the right direction but we still have to find the right one in order to be faster. We still have room for improvement in Qatar.”

Mattia Pasini 54 - (1´44.538)

“Overall the test has been positive. We wasted the second day of testing due to the rain that kept us in the pits but other than that, we managed to test different configurations in order to better understand the nature of the bike and how it reacts. I was not able to be improve my lap time today knowing that the weather conditions were perfect and could have allowed me to do so. Today we were able to find the right configuration and we were able to remain two tenths behind the other SpeedUp. I think we will be very competitive in Qatar.”

Ricky Cardus 88 - (1´44.683)

“We started off really well the first day and we have tried various configurations on the bike on the other days. We have still to find the right feeling with the bike and I am sure we will get there because the team is working really well. I know I can go far with this team.”

Marc VDS ready to race after successful final test

Jerez, Spain - 21 March 2013: The Marc VDS Racing Team are ready to race, after successfully completing the final preseason test of 2013 at Jerez today.

All three of the team's riders - Scott Redding, Mika Kallio and Livio Loi - were able to work through their planned test schedules, despite rain interrupting proceedings on the first full day of testing.

Redding was happy enough his lap times in both wet and dry conditions to park his Kalex Moto2 machine on Wednesday evening and sit out today's final track sessions. The 20-year-old Briton ended the test fifth fastest and just 0.7s from the top of the timesheet.

Both Kallio and Loi continued testing into this morning, but the 30-year-old Finn was unable to better his time from the first day and finished 10th on combined times. Loi was also unable to improve his time today, after the wind picked up considerably for the Moto3 session, but finished the test 21st fastest and just one second off a top ten position.

The team will now crate up the bikes and equipment for transport to the first Grand Prix of the 2013 season, which takes place at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on Sunday 7th April.

Scott Redding #45: 5th - 1'43.372

"For once the weather was kind to us and we got some dry miles done on the bike this week. We've got a good direction with the set-up and we haven't had to test as much here, which allowed me to focus on just riding and building confidence on the bike. The one rainy day here at Jerez was ideal to confirm our wet weather set-up. The fact that I was fastest in the wet also helps to build confidence. We know exactly where we're at after this test and we know what we need to do at the first race, which is all I'm focussed on right now."

Mika Kallio #36: 10th - 1'43.774

"The one positive we can take from this test at Jerez is that we managed to confirm that we went the right way with the settings in Albacete. The chatter that we had last year, including here in Jerez, has all but gone, so that's a big step forward. We were hoping to do more here, but I lost the front without warning at the fast turn 12 yesterday and went down hard. I was lucky to walk away uninjured, but it effectively ended the day for me as the bike was badly damaged. The lost track time meant we didn't get to try everything we had planned, but we already know how we need to set up the bike for the first race, so it's not such an issue. I could have done with more time on the bike just to build more confidence, but these things happen in racing and we just have to deal with it."

Livio Loi #11: 21st - 1'48.568

"Overall I'm pretty happy with the test. We were fast once again in the wet and we made definite improvements in the dry. Of course, I'd like to be a little bit nearer to the top of the timesheet, but racing at this level is very new for me and I need to learn to walk before I can run. I could have gone faster, a 1'47 was definitely possible, but in these conditions the chance of a crash was just too high and the last thing I need is an injury before the season has even started. There is still some work to do on our set-up in the dry, but this will come with more laps on the bike. At the moment I'm relying very much on the team when it comes to settings, but this will change once I gain more experience on the bike. It will be tough to sit out the first two GP races, because all I want to do now is race!"

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

"Despite the best efforts of the weather this year, we're ready to race. Both Scott and Livio showed impressive pace in the wet and Scott backed that up with fast and consistent lap times in the dry. We know where we are with him; where we are strong and where we need to improve. Mika has also made solid progress with a very different set-up on the bike than he's used to. I'm confident that he'd have finished higher up the order if he hadn't lost time to a crash yesterday. What can I say about Livio; he has already exceeded our expectations in the dry but when the weather turned wet he was straight into the top five on the timesheet. He will miss the first two races because of his age, but he'll test and race in the national championships at Le Mans and Catalunya instead, so he knows the tracks when he returns later in the season for the Grand Prix."


ASPAR Team riders again prove to be men to watch out for in the Moto2 World Championship

The 2013 preseason came to an end this afternoon with a final couple of hours on track at Jerez for the riders who will contest the Moto2 World Championship. The next time they line up together will be in free practice for the Grand Prix of Qatar in just over two weeks' time, which on the evidence of current form looks to be a battle between the brightest young Spanish talent in the intermediate class after four home riders took the top four positions on the timesheets today.

Two of those riders were ASPAR Team pair Jordi Torres and Nico Terol, who put the shine on a gruelling four days of hard work here with an excellent showing. Both riders used the available time to try and find more rear grip on their Suter machines as well as working on improving the engine braking with their new clutch systems. Jordi was the third fastest rider on track after stopping the clock at 1'43.706 whilst Nico was fourth fastest with a 1'43.736.

3rd Jordi Torres 1.43.706 (37 laps): "It was a short day but it went well and we are happy with the feeling we have with the bike now. All the testing we have done gives us a wide variety of options now in terms of setting the bike up in different ways and everything we have done so far has been positive. I enjoy the work and once we get to grips with the circuit in Qatar, which is a new one for me, we will keep working in the same way as this and try to find out more information. I am really satisfied with what we have achieved here at Jerez. I am enjoying riding the bike but we can always improve so I'll keep working hard towards that goal."

4th Nico Terol 1.43.736 (34 laps): "We have ended preseason with a much bigger smile than this time last year. I feel much more confident after a fantastic winter, we have done a good job and we feel strong. Jerez has gone well in both wet and dry conditions, we have been up near the top every day and even though the lap time is not sensational we have been consistent on used rubber and that's the most important thing looking ahead to the races. We still have a few little things to iron out with the clutch but in general the bike is working brilliantly and the lap times are coming easily. I am really excited now and looking forward to getting out to Qatar. I always went well there on the 125 and after getting a bit lost with the Moto2 bike last year I am sure this time will be much different."

Kent and Rossi complete successful pre-season campaign in Jerez

Tech 3 Racing's new Moto2 line-up of Danny Kent and Louis Rossi enjoyed a successful conclusion to the 2013 winter testing schedule in gloriously sunny conditions at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain today.

Working on final tweaks to improve the Mistral 610 machine ahead of the first race in Qatar on April 7, Kent and Rossi set encouraging lap times in the final pre-season showdown in Jerez, which will host the third round of the 2013 World Championship campaign in early May.

Kent continued to build his up his experience of the Mistral 610 machine, which is designed a nd developed exc lusively by the French-based squad, during the four-day test that took place in a mixture of dry and wet conditions.

Today's final sessio n was dominated by blustery conditions but Kent was still able to set his personal best time of the test to finish 20th on the combined timesheets. A lap of 1.44.350 was less than a second away from the overall top six and he finished just 0.074s behind fellow rookie and reigning Moto3 World Champion Sandro Cortese.

Frenchman Louis Rossi was satisfied with the work he carried out during this week's final test, and he is confident he could have been much higher than his final position of 28th on the leaderboard had not opted to focus on completing a full race simulation today. The long run provided Rossi and his Tech 3 Racing with valuabled data and experience ahead of the start of the fourth Moto2 campaign at the Losail International Circuit in Doha.

Danny Kent 20th – 1.44.350:

“Overall it was a good test and I think the final day was definitely the best one as I set my fastest lap time despite the windy conditions making it very difficult and unpredictable on track. We found a good setting with the suspension today that gave me some confidence and I am sure if I could have found that feeling earlier we could have been even faster. But testing is all about experimenting to be in the best possible shape for the season and overall I'm happy with the job we've done. Now I just want to kick off the season in Qatar hoping to take home my first points in Moto2 and starting 2013 on a high level. This is an incredibly difficult class but the Tech 3 Racing Team and I are highly motivated and ready for the challenge.”

Louis Rossi 28th – 1.45.181:

“Today was really interesting for me as I did my first race simulation and that made it difficult to improve our lap time from yesterday. We just wanted to do 27 consistent laps to show me how it feels like to ride in a full race situation with this bike. Honestly it was really long. But I learned a lot during the simulation and I'm quite happy about the test because after the difficult start we finished in not such a bad situation. I am convinced my potential is higher than my final position here and now we can be confident and really looking forward to the first race in Qatar.”

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:

“I think this week was a really good way for the Tech 3 Racing Moto2 Team to complete our preparations for the 2013 season and overall it has been a productive and positive winter for us. Danny climbed into the top 10 during the last test session this afternoon and wh ile we know that the times were not as fast as yesterday because we had much more wind, the important thing is the gap to the leading group was much less and this has shown his high potential and that we are working in the right direction. It is not easy to step into this class because it is incredibly competitive, but Danny is doing the right thing and steadily building up his pace and confidence. He is very close to Sandro Cortese who won the title and many races in Moto3 last year, and this is the best benchmark for us. Louis has been improving his feeling with the bike and this afternoon he did his first race simulation, which gave him a lot of understanding about the performance of the bike and confidence for the first race. Now we are really looking forward to the first race in Qatar with the aim to see both of them fighting for their first Moto2 points.”


The 2013 preseason concluded in positive fashion for Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini Moto3 at Jerez today, where a final couple of hours of track time were enough for Niccolò Antonelli to set the fifth fastest time and finish up as the fastest Italian and fastest Honda rider in Moto3. It was a particularly impressive performance from the youngster given the lack of preseason testing he has been able to complete due to a shoulder operation. Antonelli's Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini team-mate Lorenzo Baldassarri is also looking forward to the opening round of the season in Qatar on April 7th after consistently improving his lap times here over the past four days.

Niccolò Antonelli “I am really happy because we have finished this test on the up and even though I am still not physically perfect I feel ready to race in Qatar. In the little time we had available today we worked on the distribution of the extra weight that we will again unfortunately have to deal with this year and I think the guys found some interesting solutions. I'm going home feeling happy and confident that we can do well from the first race at Losail in Qatar.”

Lorenzo Baldassarri “I had a bit of a fever today and I wasn't in perfect shape but I was able to complete some good laps and take another step forward. If I was feeling better I could have gone even faster but I am still happy because we know what we are capable of. This has been a positive test for us and I am ready now to make my debut in the World Championship. I can't wait to get out on track for my first race, especially at night under the floodlights.”


Ratthapark Wilairot made the most of the short track time available in the final day of preseason testing at Jerez today to verify set-up data and finalise his preparations for an important 2013 season ahead. The Thai rider has looked like a new man throughout preseason and he is determined to prove his worth when the racing gets underway in Qatar in a couple of weeks' time.

Ratthapark Wilairot “It has been a positive test for me. It started really well and I have been able to ride with much more confidence than last year. Now I feel ready and highly motivated for a positive start to the new season in Qatar. Everything is in place for us to have a good year and with the help of the team I am sure that will be the case.”


Doni Tata Pradita continued his adaptation to the Moto2 class at Jerez today in the final day of preseason, which has probably come a little too soon for the Indonesian rider. Doni needs more time to get used to the new category but the process will no doubt continue in Qatar when the season gets underway in two weeks' time.

Doni Tata Pradita “We have had three days of intense tests here. My adaptation to Moto2 is progressing but we need more time and more laps to improve my confidence with the bike and learn more about the way we have to work as a team. With more time I will be able to close the gap to the top guys and move up the order but and hopefully be fighting for points before long. I can't wait to get on track in Qatar and to be racing at night is something I am really looking forward to.”

RW Racing GP satisfied after final test

The last day of preseason testing in Jerez only lasted for about an hour for RW Racing GP Moto3 riders Jasper Iwema and Jakub Kornfeil. They could not do much, but it was enough to try a few last things and to gain confidence for the start of the 2013 season in two weeks time in Qatar. Kornfeil finished the test in 8th place, Iwema ended up in 23rd.

The position of Jasper Iwema is not what is seems. The differences between 10th and 23rd are very small. Team manager Jarno Janssen was satisfied with the progression his fellow Dutchman made in the four day Moto3 test in Jerez. "Jasper has gained a lot of confidence. His lap times show he is competitive for the race. He can end up anywhere between 12th and 23rd. Sure, he has to work on one flying lap to get a better position on the start grid. But I am much more happy with a regular race pace than with one flying lap.’’

As for Jakub Kornfeil Janssen was even more satisfied. "Jakub showed he belongs in the top 10. He is exactly where we expected him to be. I think he can even do better, but obviously there was no pressure on these days. He wasn’t on the limit yet.’’

After the final session RW Racing GP started packing. All equipment will be shipped to Qatar straight from Jerez. The first free practice of the 2013 season will be on Thursday April 4.

Jakub Kornfeil (8): "It was a good test for us. I am happy with my Kalex KTM, which seems very competitive. I rode with the KTM factory machines for a while and I am nothing less than they are. I think we are ready for the start of the season. We know what to do.’’

Jasper Iwema (23): "My progression is promising. I have the feeling I have made some big steps over the last few days. I have got a much better feeling with the bike and we have found a basic setup on which we can continue to improve during the season. For now we just take some rest to be fit for Qatar. I’m really looking forward to it.’’


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